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Saint Augustine
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He who falls, falls by his own will, and he who stands, stands by God's will. Saint Augustine
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Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should I not be prey to myself? Saint Augustine
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...But we enjoyed playing games and were punished for them by men who played games themselves. However, grown-up games are known as 'business' and even though boys' games are much the same, they are punished for them by their elders. No one pities either the boys or the men, though surely we deserve pity, for I cannot believe that a good judge would approve of the beatings I received as a boy on the ground that my games delayed my progress in studying subjects which would enable me to play a less creditable game later in life. Saint Augustine
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The sole purpose of life is to gain merit for life in eternity. Saint Augustine
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True happiness is to rejoice in the truth, for to rejoice in the truth is to rejoice in You, O God, who are the truth... Those who think that there is another kind of happiness look for joy elsewhere, but theirs is not true joy. Saint Augustine
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God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist. Saint Augustine
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I do not doubt that all those who have received Baptism anywhere and from whomever do have Baptism, as long as it was consecrated with the words of the Gospel and they received it without pretence on their part and with some degree of faith. However, it would not avail them for their spiritual salvation if they were lacking in that charity by which they might be implanted in the Catholic Church. Saint Augustine
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Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter, but all of them before that last and strictest judgment. But not all who suffer temporal punishments after death will come to eternal punishments, which are to follow after that judgment. Saint Augustine
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And so, lastly, does the very name of "Catholic", which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger asks where the Catholic Church meets, no heretic will venture to point to his own chapel or house. Saint Augustine
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Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not Saint Augustine
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I was in love with loving. Saint Augustine
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When the king asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: The same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor. Saint Augustine
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For great are you, Lord, and you look kindly on what is humble, but the lofty-minded you regard from afar. Only to those whose hearts are crushed do you draw close. You will not let yourself be found by the proud, nor even by those who in their inquisitive skill count stars or grains of sand, or measure the expanses of heaven, or trace the paths of the planets. Saint Augustine
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I will plant my feet on that step where my parents put me as a child, until self-evident truth comes to light. Saint Augustine
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You have been professing yourself reluctant to throw off your load of illusion because truth was uncertain. Well, it is certain now, yet the burden still weighs you down, while other people are given wings on freer shoulders, people who have not worn themselves out with research, nor spent a decade and more reflecting on these questions. Saint Augustine
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God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity. Saint Augustine
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Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved. Saint Augustine
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None save great men have been the authors of great heresies. Saint Augustine
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You have found that you were more secure before you accumulated so much. See what greed has imposed on you: You have filled your house and now you fear burglars. You have hoarded money and lost sleep. See what greed has commanded you: "Do this!" And you did it. Saint Augustine
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Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls. Saint Augustine
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Love and do what you want. If you stop talking, you will stop talking with love; if you shout, you will shout with love; if you correct, you will correct with love. Saint Augustine
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It will not be held against you that you are ignorant against your will, but that you neglect to seek out what it is that makes you ignorant; not that you cannot bring together your wounded limbs, but that you reject Him that would heal them. Saint Augustine
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Humility is first, second and third in Christianity. Saint Augustine
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The Law is not in fault, but our evil and wicked nature; even as a heap of lime is still and quiet until water is poured on it, but then it begins to smoke and burn, not from the fault of the water, but from the nature of the lime, which will not endure it. Saint Augustine
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What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith. Saint Augustine
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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Saint Augustine
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For I did not know that the soul needs to be enlightened by light from outside itself, so that it can participate in truth, because it is not itself the nature of truth. Saint Augustine
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Unless you believe, you will not understand. Saint Augustine
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Love the sinner and hate the sin. Saint Augustine
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We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God. Saint Augustine
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Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart never resteth till it findeth rest in Thee. Saint Augustine
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If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? Saint Augustine
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Whole prayer is nothing but love. Saint Augustine
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The greatest evil is physical pain. Saint Augustine
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Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. Saint Augustine
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God is best known in not knowing him. Saint Augustine
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The purpose of all wars, is peace. Saint Augustine
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The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted. Saint Augustine
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I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within. Saint Augustine
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My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is. Saint Augustine
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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Saint Augustine
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I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving. Saint Augustine
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Don't let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices... sing also with your conduct. Saint Augustine
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It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning. Saint Augustine
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And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. Saint Augustine
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I will not live an instant that I do not live in love. Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering. Saint Augustine
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It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam. Saint Augustine
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Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger. Saint Augustine
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Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament. Saint Augustine
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All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross. Saint Augustine
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If you excuse yourself in confession, you shut up sin within your soul, and shut out pardon. Saint Augustine
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For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism. Saint Augustine
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Better to have fewer wants than greater riches to supply increasing wants. Saint Augustine
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While the best men are guided by love, most mean are still goaded by fear. Saint Augustine
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Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law. Saint Augustine
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Often the contempt of vainglory becomes a source of even more vainglory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of. Saint Augustine
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Let the Lord your God be your hope - seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself. Saint Augustine
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If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. Saint Augustine
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The flesh does not by its own virtue purify, but is purified by virtue of the Word by which it was assumed, when 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us' (Jn. 1:14). Saint Augustine
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If you understand, it is not God. Saint Augustine
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For when God said, "Let there be light, and there was light," if we are justified in understanding in this light the creation of the angels, then certainly they were created partakers of the eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God. Saint Augustine
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Why then be perverted and follow thy flesh? Be it converted and follow thee. Saint Augustine
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So give to the poor; I'm begging you, I'm warning you, I'm commanding you, I'm ordering you. Saint Augustine
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My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you. Saint Augustine
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The purpose of all war is peace. Saint Augustine
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The world's verdict is conclusive. Saint Augustine
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God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it. Saint Augustine
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What do you possess if you possess not God? Saint Augustine
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If you don't believe it you won't understand it. Saint Augustine
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Try as they may to savor the taste of eternity, their thoughts still twist and turn upon the ebb and flow of things in past and future time. But if only their minds could be seized and held steady, they would be still for a while and, for that short moment, they would glimse the splendor of eternity, which is forever still. Saint Augustine
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